Reframing citizen deliberation

Celia Davies, Margaret Wetherell and Elizabeth Barnett

in Citizens at the centre

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301851 | DOI:
Reframing citizen deliberation

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This chapter aims to set out and develop an understanding of citizen deliberation that is more in tune with the way in which citizens think, which works with issues of power, and which accommodates contextual features in a nuanced way. It summarises key findings from the observation of deliberation in meetings of the Citizens Council of the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and proposes an alternative theoretical framework for deliberation. The chapter argues for an expanded understanding of deliberation as practice and a move away from the particular forms of political-science theorising that have so far dominated debates for citizen participation.

Keywords: citizen deliberation; Citizens Council; NICE; meetings; political science; citizen participation

Chapter.  8754 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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